CES 2013: Share Battery Power Between Mobile Devices

Fulton Innovation, manufacturer of eCoupled wireless chargers, demonstrated at CES this week what it hopes will be a feature of the next generation of wireless power products—two-way wireless power. The company plans to introduce this technology to the Wireless Power Consortium, the group that developed the wireless power standard Qi, for inclusion in its next update. 

Given that people tend to carry multiple mobile devices, two way charging, the company says, will let people easily share power between devices rather than worrying about making sure they are all fully charged. For example, say a pad computer’s battery is almost out of power, but the user wants to catch the ending of a movie before shutting it off; he might decide to pull a little power from a mobile phone. Alternatively, a laptop or pad computer could act as a backup power source for a smartphone.

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